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Radiation-induced mutation


Your next mouthful of pasta, rice, banana or beer could come from a radiation-induced mutation crop variety.

"Such crops earn farmers tens of millions of dollars a year" says Nigerian nuclear plant breeder Dr. Mba.

Judging by the thousands of micro-plants in his closely guarded labs run by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) near Vienna there are many more on the way.

More controversial is irradiating male insect pests. It helped eradicate the tse tse fly in Zanzibar and the medfly in California. But why has planned use of the sterile insect technique on mainland Africa got experts buzzing with misgivings?

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